Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Microsoft to open up the .pst format. Your data will still not be safe.

Microsoft, under the banner of their Open Specification Promise is opening up the infamous Outlook .pst format for developers to implement into their projects. Great.. a whole new generation of software that corrupts its data after a gigabyte or so.

From the site:

"In order to facilitate interoperability and enable customers and vendors to access the data in .pst files on a variety of platforms, we will be releasing documentation for the .pst file format. This will allow developers to read, create, and interoperate with the data in .pst files in server and client scenarios using the programming language and platform of their choice. The technical documentation will detail how the data is stored, along with guidance for accessing that data from other software applications. It also will highlight the structure of the .pst file, provide details like how to navigate the folder hierarchy, and explain how to access the individual data objects and properties."
Da link

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Friday, October 23, 2009

Bruce Lee playing Ping Pong!

Appearently this is a commercial for Nokia, so I'm not sure how legit this is. Nonetheless, its still badass. Bruce Lee is playing Ping-Pong with nun-chucks. Freaking Nun-chucks! And then when you think he's done, he ups the ante even more.

Check it out below...

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Changing a few things

I'm going to be changing some stuff on the blog over the next few days. I'm focusing the the subject matter a bit more, and I'm going to bring on a few bloggers more to contribute content. Keep an eye out for some cool things to come.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

I'm now reviewing books for Fantasyliterature.com

I've recently joined the crew at this wonderful fantasy website. Be sure to stop in and sign up for the blog. They have over 900 authors reviewed. They do giveaways and interviews, and all sorts of cool stuff.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Book Review: Nightingale's Lament (Nightside, #3) by Simon R. Green

Nightingale's Lament (Nightside, #3)

The Nightside stories are so hard boiled it’s hard to put in perspective, but I’m going to try anyway. If you took Dashiell Hammett’s corpse rolled it in batter then deep fried it till black, you would have a pretty good approximation of what Simon R. Green is going for. Nightingale’s Lament is the third book in the Nightside series, and follows the same mold the previous books do. The story is basically another case file for John Tayler. He’s been tasked to discover the the cause behind the mysterious suicides surrounding a young singer’s performances. Through the course of the mystery he once again uses his reputation and collection of odd characters to help in solving the case. Simon R. Green continues to introduce new and fascinating characters into his narrative.

So far with each installment Green has tightened up the writing, and really shown how exciting this world can be. The gritty fast paced style is really starting to grow on me. Nightingale’s Lament is full of memorable lines, I’ll call the them Taylorisms. For example:

“"I don't use guns. Never have. They have too many limitations."

“That man could brood for the Olympics, and pick up a bronze in self-pity while he was at it”

"Condiments, Never leave home without them”

Those are just a few of many great quotes. The book’s tone is almost always tongue in cheek, but it remains just serious enough to keep the suspense high. Green has something special with the Nightside series. I hope he continues to improve the narrative, and keeps these things coming out.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Pic of the Day: Hi!

My brother's dog Leo. He has a head shaped like a softball. Leo is one of my favorite people.